World Cup 2022: An American media prediction with a good course for the Blues

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Seven months before the 2022 World Cup, ESPN had fun predicting all the matches of the competition, from the group stage to the final in Lusail (Qatar) on 18 December. And in this short game the French team is eliminated at the door of the final…

There are still seven months before the 2022 World Cup starts. This is a very long time and a lot can happen between now and then. ESPN is well aware of this, but that hasn’t stopped it from making detailed predictions this early spring. While some places are yet to be allocated, US media specifies that it has selected Peru, Wales and Costa Rica to qualify because of their FIFA rankings (to the detriment of New Zealand, Ukraine, Portugal). Scotland, Australia and the United Arab Emirates)

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To predict the competition’s 64 matches (from the group stage to the final), ESPN teamed up with consultancy firm Twenty First Group, which created a model combining individual player ratings and national team performance. Specifically based on the previous major competitions played: Euro, League of Nations, Copa America and CAN.

Belgium and Croatia out in first round

In this short game, there were some notable surprises in the group stage, including a victory for Morocco against Croatia (2–1), Canada against Belgium (2–1) or South Korea against Uruguay (1–0). Huh. , Croats (finalists in 2018), Belgians and Uruguayans have also crashed out of the first round of the World Cup. Like Mexico, Japan, Serbia, Cameroon or Ghana.

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Placed in Group D, France begin their tournament with a narrow win against Peru (1–0). Didier Deschamps’ players have been linked to Denmark as they were four years ago (1-1). before beating Tunisia on the final day (3-0). What opens the doors of the 8th final?

Disputed in a France-Argentina 8th

As in 2018, the Blues found Argentina for their first match. And as in Russia, they won again in pain, after an uncertain meeting, this time ending in overtime (2-1, AP). In the other 8th round, America beat Netherlands (2-1), Denmark beat Poland (1-0), England beat Senegal (2-0), Spain beat Canada (1-0), Brazil performed better. South Korea (2–0), Germany beat Morocco (3–1) and Portugal beat Switzerland on penalties (1–1, TAB win).

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Released by The Blues Brazil

In the quarterfinals, the Blues are up against the United States. and Kylian Mbappe’s teammates took a 2-0 victory to climb into the last four of this World Cup. In other matches, Brazil beat Spain after extra time (2–1, AP), Germany beat Portugal (2–1) and England sent Denmark home (2–0).

During their semi-finals, the French team finds itself facing Brazil. To match a new anthology. But this time, it was Selecao who won and advanced to the Grand Final (2-1). A way for Brazilians to take revenge after 1998 and 2006. In the second match, England defeated Germany after a penalty shootout (2–2, TAB win).

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sixth star for selecao

Strongly opposed to the theory of a match for third place, the ESPN journalist who established and commented on these predictions did not include a “short final” between France and Germany. On the other hand, he names Brazil as the future winner of the competition. With a 1–0 win against England in the 18 December final in Lusail (Qatar), Selçao awarded himself a sixth star and cemented his position as the most successful nation in World Cup history.

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